March 8, 2014
ATHENS, GA.---The Georgia gymnastics team completed their regular season home schedule on Saturday in Stegeman Coliseum with a 197.025-195.825 victory over Denver.
The Gym Dogs swept the event titles with Bandie Jay's 9.975 on vault, Lindsey Cheek's 9.975 on bars, Kaylan Earls' 9.875 on beam and Earls and Brittany Rogers' 9.9 on floor topping the scoring tables.
"The team did well, especially at the start of the meet, with the season high in vault," Georgia head coach Danna Durante said. "From top to bottom they put together a great vault performance and the scores reflected that. I was very proud of the way that they took the things that they have been doing in training and performed them, whether it was form or landings, height or distance, that all came together for them during the vault. So they handled the energy and emotion of senior day well, which is what we talked about in the team meeting."
Georgia started the meet in stunning fashion, recording the highest vault score of any Gym Dogs team since the 2009 Super Six. The last time Georgia scored higher was the 2006 Super Six. Four gymnasts tied career high scores, including three new season highs. Cat Hires got the best possible start to her senior day with a score of 9.925 which tied her career-high. Brandie Jay (9.975) and Chelsea Davis (9.9) also tied their career high scores. Hires, Jay and Rogers all set new season highs while Davis tied her highest score in 2014.
Denver recorded a 48.925 on uneven bars to give the Gym Dogs a 49.625-48.925 lead after the first rotation.
The home team carried their early momentum into the second rotation as Georgia recorded a 49.6 on bars. This effort was highlighted by senior Lindsey Cheek who tied her career and season highs on bars with a 9.975, which tied her career high score. Hires continued her brilliant final regular season appearance in Stegeman Coliseum with a 9.95, which was a new career high on bars while Rogers and Davis both recorded 9.9's.
"Cat was an alternate on bars her freshman, sophomore, junior years and she trained every day and worked incredibly hard to get better and for her to now be in the lineup and continue to get better it is just a great story," Durante said. "You can't write it any better than that for her to have her career high for the second week in a row on senior night, and for her to receive a 10, I was incredibly proud of her."
At the half way point Georgia had extended its lead over the Pioneers to 99.225-97.925.
In the third rotation, the Gym Dogs registered a 49.075. Kaylan Earls was the top performer for the home team as she recorded a 9.875. Morgan Reynolds 9.8 tied her career high score. After the third rotation the Gym Dogs lead stood at 148.300-147.000 as the visitors posted a 49.075 on the floor exercise.
Georgia clinched the meet as it notched a 48.725 on floor. Earls put an exclamation point on her senior night as she and Rogers led the Gym Dogs effort in the final rotation with a pair of 9.9's. This score was a new season high for Rogers on the event while it tied a season high for Earls. The score also tied the respective career highs for the two gymnasts and set a new season high for Rogers. Hires continued her fine afternoon tying her career high with a 9.85 score.
The Gym Dogs go on the road to for their regular season finale as they travel to No.6 Utah on March 15, the meet is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET. The postseason will begin with the SEC Championships in Birmingham, Ala., on March 22; this will be televised on ESPNU. Georgia will then return home for the NCAA Regional on April 5.